Today, I’m repeating a porch from August 2012, but it is a nice one. (We were traveling this weekend.)
Maplewood Park on Clear Lake was a national vacation attraction at the end of the nineteenth century. (Click on any image to enlarge it.)
Above: Maplewood’s pavilion for Chautaquas. From the 1870s to 1920s, the Chautaqua movement brought speakers and companies of musicians, dancers, and actors to camps like Maplewood for up to a week at a time.
The Waseca Historical Society still hosts a Chautaqua at Maplewood Park every July.
To read about a similar sort of summer cabin living, which also continues today, see this 2012 New York Times article, here.
*All photos here: c.1880 – c.1899, by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.